Archive for April 15th, 2015

Nickles leads the pack as cubmaster

Lee Nickles

Lee Nickles

Lee Nickles spends a lot of time helping young people achieve goals that prepare them for life.

Those he assists outside his career are younger.

He is the cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 914, meeting at Cullowhee United Methodist Church, and his encouragement to his 26 young charges to excel recently earned him recognition for excellence within the Scout organization.

Nickles, assistant to the dean for technology and curriculum in the College of Education and Allied Professions, was awarded the Cubmaster of the Year award for 2014 for the four-county Cataloochee District at a ceremony held Feb. 27 in the Blue Ridge Hall Conference Room.

“I was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout myself, though I didn’t progress to Eagle Scout,” Nickles said. “When my oldest son was old enough at age 7, I wanted him to be involved. So I volunteered.”

That was three years ago.

He became a den leader his second year, and now accompanies his son and other scouts on outings where they learn archery, safe firearm skills while shooting BB guns, pick up scouting skills like plant identification and earn badges for achievements such as citizenship or engineering. The events average about one per month during the school year, with a few in the summer as well.

“Last summer, we visited Fontana Dam to see how it operated, but also had a pool party in Sylva,” Nickles said. “There was a trash pickup event at Cullowhee Valley School for community service last fall, and I was very proud of the turnout. The next month, December, we visited a nursing home and sang carols and distributed cards. Service projects are big for me,” Nickles said.

The scouts are now looking forward to a campout at Camp Daniel Boone near Waynesville.

“I really enjoyed scouting when I was young,” Nickles said. “It was outdoors, fun and with friends my age. You learn as a parent that you need to volunteer to give back, and when I saw how things ran, I knew I could contribute even with my skill set. You don’t have to be ‘outdoorsy’ to be in scouting; it takes a lot of different skills.

“One of the big reasons I started doing it, though, was seeing some boys in our pack who were brought by a grandparent or a family friend. Some are shy; some don’t have male leadership to help them develop confidence.”

Pack 914 sent a color guard to help celebrate at WCU's Homecoming Parade last fall in downtown Sylva.

Pack 914 sent a color guard to help celebrate at WCU’s Homecoming Parade last fall in downtown Sylva.

Nickles is assisted with the pack by den leaders Todd Creasy, associate professor in the Global Management and Strategy Department; Blair Tormey, lecturer in the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources; and Patrick Hughes, training director in Human Resources. WCU student Alexander Jones, who has achieved Eagle Scout honors and is a recent transfer from Southwestern Community College, also helps with activities as a den leader.

They will be planning summer activities soon. These will be posted on the pack’s site, which Nickles manages, at

Cataloochee District  covers Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. The district is one of five in the Daniel Boone Council, based in Asheville, which provides oversight and support to all area Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing Crew units. All are part of the Boy Scouts of America.

For more information about the pack, contact Nickles at his personal email address,

By Keith Brenton

Three co-author work-life balance study presented by Cai-Hillon

Yue Cai-Hillon, associate professor of management, attended the 2015 Standing Conference for Management and Organizational Inquiry and on April 8 presented “A Qualimetric Perspective on the Academic Work-Life Balance,” co-authored with her colleague in the Department of Global Management and Strategy associate professor Teri Domagalski and Jayne Zanglein, professor of business law.

“Work-life balance has been credited with improving organization performance and employee satisfaction,” Cai-Hillon said in her presentation. “However, despite these known benefits, recent research has shown that feelings of job insecurity result in greater work-nonwork conflict and a work spillover effect into the personal lives of employees.  We investigated the phenomenon of work-life balance with specific attention on members of the academe.”

For more information about the presentation, contact Cai-Hillon at, Domagalski at or Zanglein at

Family Nurse Practitioner Program faculty stay professionally active

Tamera Pearson, associate professor and director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program, was invited to give a cardiovascular update presentation in May at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Occupational Nurses Association.

Western Carolina Civic Orchestra concert set for April 20 at WCU

A medley of songs from “Pirates of the Caribbean” and the “Russian Easter Overture” by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov will highlight the program as the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra performs Monday, April 20, at Western Carolina University.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Coulter Building recital hall. Admission is free.

The orchestra includes WCU students, faculty and staff, as well as residents of Jackson, Macon, Swain and Haywood counties, said Bradley Martin, the ensemble’s conductor and associate professor of piano in WCU’s School of Music.

The concert will feature the winners of the Jackson County Arts Council solo competition, including Corinne Minor, a soprano and WCU student from Ohio; Katelyn Johnson, a horn player and WCU student from Asheville; and Tessa Davis, a flute player from Smoky Mountain High School.

Another featured performer will be Matt Barrett, a violin player and technology support technician on the WCU staff.

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra is sponsored by WCU’s School of Music and receives a Grassroots Grant from the Jackson County Arts Council, which is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. Funding is provided through the National Endowment for the Arts. The orchestra presents two or three concerts each year.

For more information, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.

‘Bootleggers, Baptists’ theory of regulation subject of April 22 talk

The Western Carolina University Free Enterprise Club will celebrate Earth Day by hosting Bruce Yandle, dean emeritus of Clemson University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science, who will present a lecture titled “Bootleggers and Baptists in the Garden of Good & Evil” on Wednesday, April 22.

Bruce Yandle

Bruce Yandle

The talk, which is open to the public free of charge, will be held in Room 102 of the Killian Building on the WCU campus beginning at 4:15 p.m. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The lecture will focus on the “bootleggers/Baptist” theory of regulation, which holds that many regulatory outcomes are generated by coalitions of strange bedfellows in which each side pursues the same regulatory goal, but for very different reasons.

The theory takes its name from the fact that both bootleggers and Baptists support laws that prevent the sale of liquor on Sundays, with one group favoring the law for avowed public interest reasons while the other group wants to eliminate competition at least one day a week, said Edward Lopez, WCU professor of economics and BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism.

Similar coalitions of environmentalists and industrialists have worked for environmental rules that enrich both groups, according to the theory.

“Bruce Yandle’s theory of bootleggers and Baptists lets us see how special interests join forces with – and take advantage of – moralistic defenders of the public good,” said Lopez, faculty adviser to the Free Enterprise Club. “Actual regulations don’t really promote the common good as much as advance the interest of a persuasive few. Dr. Yandle shows how this is especially true in the area of environmental regulations.”

Yandle is a consultant, writer and speaker on economics, the environment and political economy. A longtime faculty member at Clemson University, he also is Mercatus Center Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics at George Mason University. His quarterly Economic Situation report offers coverage of national and regional economies and is distributed by Clemson University’s Strom Thurmond Institute and the Mercatus Center.

An environmental economist by training, Yandle has authored, co-authored or edited 17 books, including “Bootleggers and Baptists: Understanding America’s Regulatory Journey.” He also serves as senior fellow emeritus at the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, where he writes and speaks regularly on environmental regulations.

Yandle served in Washington on two occasions, first as a senior economist at the White House during the Ford administration and later as executive director of the Federal Trade Commission in the Reagan administration. Closer to home, he was member and chairman of the South Carolina State Board of Economic Advisors, member and chairman of the Spartanburg Methodist College board of trustees, and member of the board of trustees of the Foundation of Economic Education.

For more information about the April 22 talk at WCU, contact Lopez at

Low Tech Ensemble to present gamelan concert April 22

Western Carolina University’s Low Tech Ensemble will present a concert of central Javanese gamelan music Wednesday, April 22, in the recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building.

The free concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Although some form of gamelan music can be heard in many regions of Indonesia, selections for this concert will be traditional music in the style of Central Java. Most of the instruments are made of iron and are metallophones (sarons, slenthem, gender), racked gongs (bonangs and kenongs) or hanging gongs (gong ageng, kempuls).

Javanese gamelan music is an integral part of the arts of Java and is used to accompany theater, dance and puppet performances.

For more information, contact the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242.

Forums set for progress report on redesigned website

Western Carolina University faculty and staff will have an opportunity to get a glimpse of the university’s new online front door as the campus’ website redesign steering committee holds two open forums.

Cast, crew of WCU production of ‘Peter Pan’ complete ‘flight school’

Members of the student cast and crew of Western Carolina University’s upcoming production of “Peter Pan: The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up” recently spent several days attending flight school.

Exhibits, offices of Mountain Heritage Center moving across campus

Mountain Heritage Center exhibits that have been on display on the ground floor of Western Carolina University’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building will be unavailable for public viewing for the remainder of spring and summer as the museum’s staff moves the exhibits to new display space in WCU’s Hunter Library.

Community members recognized for excellence at EYE on FYE Celebration

Western Carolina University’s first-year students and the faculty and staff who work with them were recognized for excellence recently during the annual EYE on FYE Celebration.

Annual Jazz Festival to feature saxophonist Rick Margitza on April 25

Saxophone master Rick Margitza will be the special guest performing and instructing at the 2015 Jazz Festival at Western Carolina University on Saturday, April 25.

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